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141. How to Hit/How to Pitch
by BobCluck
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Asin: 0809236400
Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 192397
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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A complete self-coaching system for winning baseball.

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book works for girls too!
Bob Cluck is not only an excellent pitching coach, but has accomplished something few other baseball instructional writers have... written a book that has something to offer for women baseball players. More and more girls are playing ball and this book really helped my sister and i focus on mechanics, without feeling like we were in left field.

5-0 out of 5 stars sound advice from a mentor to his apprentices
I've been coaching 16-17 year old boys in baseball for the past 15 years and I've been a devoted baseball junkie for about 43 years. One thing I've learned is that books of instruction from people who are career coaches, as opposed to thoroughbred athletes, are simply the best. Bob Cluck, now a scout for the Montreal Expos and owner of the San Diego School of Baseball, has assembled a book that is superbly adapted to the needs of youth coaches and players. The content is in the public domain and it is correct. I particularly admire his advice on throwing the curveball. Baseball isn't rocket science; some authors make it appear to be so. Bob's book is easy to understand. Well worth the cost.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellant book,not overly technical,just enough.
the book deals with just the right amount of information without getting needlessly overly technical.When i've seen other books that overstate the technicalities of hitting and pitching,i feel it becomes counter productive.There's only so much that goes into to hitting and pitching,its not rocket scientry.My thanks to bob cluck.i would also suggest ;ted williams,science of hitting,more technical though.

3-0 out of 5 stars Gaps in the explanations limit this book' s effectiveness
Not bad. Not great. In the middle. The problem is that there are significant gaps in explanations of techniques, with "buzzwords" thrown in in place of detail (eg, "Follow through"...Cluck needs to explain HOW to follow through and WHAT's involved in following through, not just to follow through). On several occasions, I would turn the page and think I'd gone a page or two too far because the explanations...would...just...END!

My son did the SDSB program...it was overpriced for the benefit received. Don't be fooled by the endorsements...Gwynn and Trammell are part owners of SDSB, so of course they are going to endorse the book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific book for hitters, pitchers, & coaches at all levels
Easy to understand book for intermediate to advanced players and coaches. This book shows you how to coach yourself or others and learn quickly. Fundamentals and advanced mechanics of hitting and pitching are presented like never before. Recommended by All Stars Tony Gwynn of the Padres and Alan Trammell of the Tigers. ... Read more


142. Past Time: Baseball As History
by Jules Tygiel
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Asin: 0195089588
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 563947
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy and the follow-up Jackie Robinson Reader, Jules Tygiel focused his historian's eye on what was arguably baseball's most stunning single event. Dissecting it from every angle, he followed its consequences through the weft of the national fabric in a pair of consummate, readable, and marvelously entertaining books that painted an arresting portrait of a remarkable man and his remarkable ordeal. In Past Time Tygiel widens his focus to turn his considerable narrative and interpretive skills loose on the broader tapestry of the game itself. The result is a superb collection of essays on American history filtered through the national pastime's lens. "If there is a unifying theme"--and there certainly is--"it is that while the game of baseball itself has changed minimally since its origins, the context and format in which Americans have absorbed and appreciated the game have dramatically shifted."

Drawing on his encyclopedic knowledge of the game, Tygiel uses the game as his doorway for entry into--and airing out--several rooms of the American past. Though the nine essays that make up Past Time reflect the game's nine innings and are presented chronologically, they are each entities unto themselves and can be read in any order. Rarely stepping onto the playing field, they avoid the mushiness and rhapsodizing that baseball tends to evoke. Instead, they take provocative looks at the often overlooked--like why statistics hold the game together, and why holding the game together was crucial to an America emerging from the Civil War--and fresh looks at old warhorses like baseball and the Depression era, baseball and civil rights, and baseball and America's post-World War II geographical shift. The final "inning" examines such recent obsessions as rotisserie leagues and fantasy camps, and the chapter on Bobby Thompson's famed home run and how the ways we would experience the game in the early years of the Cold War would change is thoroughly absorbing. But, then, so is the rest of Past Time. It has you wishing for extra "innings." --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
What a treat! Tygiel presents nine loosely-connected essays on various aspects of baseball and their interrelation with other aspects of American history and social change. With a historian's eye for detail and mind for interpretation, each chapter presents gems of insight that even serious students of baseball history will find intriguing. Tygiel's writing style, as befits a professor of history, is intelligent, literate, and persuasive, but never dry. The "short-story" format works well, and provides opportunity for reflection--although readers may have a hard time not just moving on to the next "inning." Reflecting Tygiel's academic background, the essays are impeccably researched and lavishly footnoted, with many primary sources cited. This book is a must for fans of baseball, and for fans of US history--for fans of both, buy the hardback, and reserve a place of honor for it on your bookshelf. You'll want to read it over again, for this book's only major drawback is the lack of extra innings.

5-0 out of 5 stars provocative, enjoyable synthesis of baseball and history
When Professory Jules Tygiel presented his authoritative analysis of Jackie Robinson in "Baseball's Great Experiment," he gave notice that writing about baseball could not only reflect history but provide lovers of the "national game" a sense of how baseball reflected and influenced the society in which they live. His most recent effort, "Past Time," is a splendid integration of baseball and the dominant social and economic themes resonating around and through the sport. Written in nine chapters, each representing an inning/era in baseball's past, Professor Tygiel explores numerous athletic and historical themes in a beautifully written and thoroughly researched volume. It belongs not only on shelves of those, like me, who love the sport, but those, like me, who believe that imaginative and provocative histories can help assist all of us in understanding who we are and how we became the way we are.

Readers could enjoy this volume by selecting any one of the chapters; although the work is presented chronologically, Professor Tygiel offers each "inning" as its own entity. The meticulous research that entered into his writing (the book has some twenty pages of footnotes) weaves seamlessly into truly graceful writing. As he would say of DiMaggio, "he makes it look easy." There are trenchant observations on baseball as business, on the place of a ballclub in a city's self-definition and how the media has enhanced and democratized the sport.

I especially enjoyed his talented analysis of the impact of media on the sport. From print journalism, which helped create fans to the advent of visual media (ably noted as "new ways of knowing") to the impact of electronic dissemination of information, baseball has enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with mass communication. I was most impressed with his description of Henry Chadwick, whose devotion to the scientific and reform ideas he saw as essential to baseball's success, the father of baseball statistics. Readers will no doubt delight remembering Chadwick's invention of the stories "batting average" when they consider the impact of Bill James' type of information in their modern sensibilities.

There are nuggets of unmitigated delight here as well. Tygiel wonderously describes Babe Ruth becoming mute during an early radio interview and having his voice replaced by the moderator; nobody knew the difference and many commented on how well Ruth spoke. Then, Tygiel gives an absolutely fascinating commentary on Russ Hodges' famous "The Giants win the pennant" call after Bobby Thompson hit his "shot heard 'round the world." Not only that, he provides insight into how a prescient statistic analyst, Dodger employee Allan Roth, sadly predicted the very homerun which upset his beloved team.

Written with a love of the sport, a respect for the glorious cadences of the human voice and a knowledge of the political, economic and social interaction of sport and society, "Past Time" will emerge as one of the essential works on baseball every fan of the game and of the country will want to own.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best
I probably grew up in "the middle" of baseball history avidly watching "my" Giants at the Polo Grounds and on channel 11 out of New York. In those days the Dodgers and Giants played each other 22 times a season and they were some of the best baseball wars imaginable.

Jules Tygiel maticulously and fascinatingly brings the history of baseball alive from its' beginnings up to "THE" homerun hit by Bobby Thompson in l951. Unlike other authors, however, he intigrates the progress of baseball with its intersection and influence on the progress of society. It is an unforgettable history lesson written in a crisp fashion that allows easy reading.

The last third of the book traces the dramatic changes in professional baseball that brings us the game we know today where arch rivals play a maximum of eight to ten games per year against each other and players continually rotate from team to team seeking the best dollar.

Whether you enjoy today's game as well the past where there were two leagues of eight teams each is irrelevent. Baseball, in the form it is played in 2000,is establishing permanentcy and likely to change little save for further expansion. Jules Tygiel's "Past Time" lets us understand the how and why the changes in the past fifty years have occurred. Like it or not - it sure is nice to know!

Finally, one of the best baseball books I have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Baseball as America, because Baseball is America
I must start with the disclaimer: I am an unabashed fan of Baseball. To some of us, there is so much about Baseball which parallels the growth and development of our country. Jules Tygiel does an admirable job of linking some of Baseball's magic moments with the spirit of the times, and interweaves the two in a fascinating piece of work.

The history of some of the early magnates of the game (Comiskey, Mack and McGraw) parallels some of the other early captains of industry, and understanding how they did what they did explains much of how we have moved from agrarian society to industrial capitalism. The segregation of the Negro Leagues and the ultimate integration of the game are richly explored, set with the backdrop of the issue of race in America.

"The Shot Heard Round The World" was certainly one of the games greatest moments. But I had never thought of it in terms of the "post-war pre-eminence" (some, including the author might instead say the "arrogance") of America, and the place of New York as the center of the world (I guess the moniker "Mediteranian" had been already taken several centuries prior).

Easy reading. A great gift for those who have an interest in the game which goes deeper than what can be found in tomorrow morning's box scores.

5-0 out of 5 stars First-rate baseball history -- emphasis on the "history"
In the nine essays comprising this volume, historian Jules Tygiel demonstrates his mastery of 150 years of baseball history. But rather than attempt a comprehensive treatment of the topic, he focuses on key issues which often slip through the cracks of broader histories and biographies: the evolution of baseball statistics, the men whose personalities dictated the evolution of the game from 1900-20, the effect of mass media on the game and its fans, the rise of fantasy games and adult fantasy camps in recent decades.

This shouldn't be the first baseball history book in your library. If you have a shelf-ful of books on the topic, though, "Past Time" should be among them. No matter how many you've read, you'll learn something new here. ... Read more


143. Baseball by the Numbers
by Mark Stang, Linda Harkness, L. Harkness
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Asin: 081083054X
Catlog: Book (1996-11-27)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield (Non NBN)
Sales Rank: 182222
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Baseball by the Numbers is the ultimate reference for baseball numerology. Carefully compiled from widely scattered sources, many of which are obscure or difficult to obtain, it is a massive work that lists over 50,000 players, their teams, and their uniform numbers from the 1930s through the 1990s. A chronological listing by team includes every number used by the team, by year, and the player who wore that number. An alphabetical index lists players, their correlating teams, years, and numbers. Finally, a numerical index by team identifies each player, his number, and the years he wore it. Recommended for baseball fanatics everywhere, as well as for school, public, and college libraries. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference -- helps build a love of baseball
I use this book extensively with my Little League team to help the kids learn about the game. I give each player a "homework" assignment to learn about players who wore their number. This is great for connecting to the history of the game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
I have always wondered about the numbers. It's really cool to know, and this knowledge has enriched my enjoyment of the game. This book makes a great reference, if you can keep your friends from taking it home with them. ... Read more


144. Ain't the Beer Cold!
by Chuck Thompson
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-25)
Publisher: Diamond Communications
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In this book, Chuck Thompson offers a delightful and insightful perspective on his profession, its people, and its place in the heart of American sports. ... Read more


145. Summer of '49 (Perennial Classics)
by David Halberstam
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Asin: 0060007818
Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
Publisher: Perennial
Sales Rank: 14746
Average Customer Review: 4.46 out of 5 stars
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David Halberstam's New York Times bestselling classic chronicle of baseball's most magnificent season, as seen through the battle royale between Joe DiMaggio's Yankees and Ted Williams's Red Sox for the heart of a nation.

With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam returns us to the miraculous summer of '49 ... and to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good look at bygone game.
Some baseball seasons are more important than others- the 1941 season saw the twin feats of Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak and Ted Williams .406 batting average, the 1951 season saw the incredible comeback of the New York Giants and Robby Thomson's miracle home run, and the 1964 season saw the final decline and fall of the New York Yankees.

The 1949 season is a special one for baseball as well. The New York Yankees, poised to begin their glory years, would square off with a talented Boston Red Sox team and defeat it in dramatic style thanks to the heroics of an injured Joe DiMaggio.

Summer of '49 is David Halberstam's story of that astounding season. More than a simple account of the season's wins and losses, Halberstam delves deep into the background of the players and coaches. The picture that comes into focus is a fascinating look at the way baseball was played in the 1940s and 50s, when players (many of whom had grown up on small farms in the Great Depression) fought hard to win and played every day as if it were their last. While not quite as interesting as his "October 1964", Halberstam has nevertheless written a wonderfully exciting account of what baseball was like over a half century ago.

This is a book that will make any baseball enthusiast smile.

5-0 out of 5 stars I have to say this is one of my all-time favorite books!
"Take me out to the ballgame..." One might find themselves singing the endearing, catchy tune after reading, Summer of '49 written by Pulitzer-prize winner, David Halberstam. The reader is drawn into the baseball universe in a time when it truly was "America's favorite pastime." The era Halberstam captivates is a time when young children played outside the stadium in hopes to catch a glimpse of their favorite players. It was a time when even Red Sox fans cheered for DiMaggio when he was back in the game after recovering from an injury. The era was surrounded with the glamour of baseball in the purest sense. There was something captivating about being at the game, cheering for the team while eating peanuts and hot dogs. From the New York Yankees greatest player, Joe DiMaggio to Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox and the less famous names in between, Halberstam pulls us into the good times and hardships that came with being on two of the most successful teams of the sport. As readers, we are attracted to everything about this great sport because Halberstam makes us care about the individuals and the teams contributing to its success. The great players portrayed in this book not only shape baseball, but are a major aspect in shaping part of US history in the 20th Century as well. Halberstam brings the players to us and makes us appreciate their hard work and love of the game. This book is about excellence, the joy of being a part of a team. We see the importance of not just being good, but being better. Better than you thought you were or what others think you can do. It is about human nature and the nature of baseball.

5-0 out of 5 stars DiMaggio vs Williams
This very easily readable book is about the pennant race between perennial rivals Yankees and Red Sox. Half way through the season the Yankees lead the Red Sox by at least ten games but the Sox make an amazing comeback. The last game of the season will decide who will play the Dodgers in the World Series....

Besides being a beautiful account of the 1949 season it is also a nice biography of all the players involved. An ailing Joe DiMaggio, a young Yogi Berra, a brilliant Williams and Kinder

and Doerr. Great names from a great era.

With this book Halberstam again has shown that in America serious historians can also write about baseball, America's national pasttime.

4-0 out of 5 stars best moment in baseball
I think that this book is one of the best baseball books that I have ever read. I think that people who want to know about the history of the Red Sox and the Yankees should read this book. This book is about the1939 to 1949 seasons. It talks about a number of players and it explains everything that they had to go through before they got into the major leagues. The players are all from the Yankees and the Red Sox. Also, it is very interesting because it talks about how hot it was in 1948 while they were playing baseball. I think that all Yankees and Red Sox fans should read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Classic Baseball"
At times while reading Halberstam's book, it felt as if the literature came to life as if I were watching the final game on ESPN Classic. Halberstam's picture illustrations of players and team personell only reinforces his compelling account of one of the most intense and exciting pennant chases of all-time. Both clubs experienced distraction during that summer; New York, injury proned to DiMaggio and others. Boston, seemed to have "eggo-identities" with some players. In addition, the great Ted Williams had constant issues with the Boston media and fans, which only interfered with their quest to capture the pennant. Although New York sustained a better Front-Office than Boston in 1949, both organizations remained adamant by refusing to sign minority players to thier rosters. Maybe, if the Boston Front-Office would have up-graded thier pitching staff, history would have written a different page. Overall, I enjoyed another Halberstam classic, it is definitley a keeper for baseball historians alike.
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146. Baseball Register 2005 Edition (Baseball Register)
by Sporting News, Stats Inc
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Asin: 0892047453
Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: Sporting News
Sales Rank: 42315
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147. Veeck--As In Wreck : The Autobiography of Bill Veeck
by Bill Veeck, Ed Linn
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Asin: 0226852180
Catlog: Book (2001-04-07)
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Sales Rank: 86906
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Bill Veeck was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game. His classic autobiography, written with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn, is an uproarious book packed with information about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners, including some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Veeck As in Wreck
A wonderful slice of baseball history as seen from the consumate maverick of baseball. Veeck takes you on a journey from his beginnings listenning to John McGraw and his dad William Veeck Sr. shoot the breeze about baseball up until his purchase of the White Sox for the second time in 1975. Along the way you are introduced to those you may have never knew (Gene Bearden and Harry Grabiner), those you always knew (Eddie Gaedel, Satchel Paige and Lou Boudreau) and those you though you knew (Ford Frick, Del Webb and Charles Comiskey). The chapters about Veeck's ownership of the St. Louis Browns and baseball's fight about its disposition are alone worth the price of the book. I'd give the book five stars because it is well written and entertaining, but I suspect some of his stories are embellished in his favor. But you have to expect that in any autobiography. So many of today's ideas have Veeck written all over them, most notably interleague play and exploding scoreboards. One final note: keep a baseball encyclodedia next to you when you read this one. It comes in handy when the obscure names come flying, and if you feel "ole Willie" is telling a tall one.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Baseball Classic
This book is considered a classic because of the great inside information and the "smack 'em in the face" comments from Bill Veeck, the one-time owner of the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns and the two-time owner of the Chicago White Sox. Veeck pulles no punches in discussing his views on the powers in baseball, including his favorite punching bag, the New York Yankees. Veeck is also very entertaining in describing his relationships with some great characters of the game. I really enjoyed this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent storyteller
I literally could not put this book down from start to finish. Whether you like baseball, dislike the Yankees, or just enjoy rooting for the one guy who could have saved baseball from the financial and legal disasters of the past 50 years, this book will be one of the best you have ever read.

5-0 out of 5 stars They do not make sports bios Like THIS anymore.....
The two things you need to know before you buy "Veeck -- As In Wreck" -- and you will buy this book, you must, if you've ever bought any professional sports bio before -- are the names Veeck and Linn.

Bill Veeck you know from reputation -- the wacky promoter who invented everything from Ladies' Day to Disco Demolition Night. The man owned several baseball franchises (including the Chicago White Sox twice, for some reason), and was known as a both a promotional genius and a shrewd financier.

As for Ed Linn... well, Linn was also the ghostwriter for another fantastic, edgy, opinionated baseball book, Leo Durocher's "Nice Guys Finish Last". Not surprisingly, "Veeck" reads a lot like the Durocher tome (and it came first, too!). On every page here you'll find a funny anecdote, a scary bit of prescience, and a unique look at an otherwise-beloved icon. With Veeck's memory and Linn's acid pen, this book is quite hard to put down. Or to pick up, for that matter.

Sports bios tend to hold back these days, let's face it. They're not as long and not as insightful as the Linn books. And the gift of time has helped ripen these pages. When Veeck talks about baseball's financial need to institute interleague play -- writing from 1961 -- you know this man saw around a few decades' worth of corners. When he takes the Yankees to task for failing to capitalize on Roger Maris's pursuit of the Babe Ruth home run record, and notes that it was a once-in-a-lifetime event, he's right -- so baseball got it right in '98, when McGwire came to town, and when the record fell yet again in '01, hardly anyone noticed.

In the meantime you'll laugh at the sad fates of Bobo Holloman and Frank Saucier, the latter being the only ballplayer ever to be removed from a game for a midget. You'll be intrigued by Veeck's take on Larry Doby, and by his bitter retorts at Del Webb, then-owner of the hated behemoth Yankees. And you'll marvel at just how little has really changed in baseball since Veeck was retired. Owners plotting franchise shifts in shady back-room deals (Montreal, Florida. Florida, Boston). Owners doing everything to baseball except what really benefits the sport (It's a tie in Milwaukee!). Veeck lamenting not the high price of talent but rather the high price of mediocrity (how much is Colorado paying for Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton?)...

Just about the only highlight not covered is the sight of White Sox outfielder Chet Lemon wearing shorts. One of the few Bill Veeck innovations that did not catch on, and aren't we all better off...

5-0 out of 5 stars He was a fun guy!
I read this book when I was thirteen, and read it again twenty years later. I enjoyed it both times. Spend a few hours with a man who loved baseball and is honest about being a little less than honest. ... Read more


148. Baseball Guide : The Ultimate 2005 Baseball Almanac (Baseball Guide)
by The Sporting News
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Asin: 0892047704
Catlog: Book (2005-01-10)
Publisher: Sporting News
Sales Rank: 225950
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Published annually by the Sporting News since 1942, the Baseball Guide is a comprehensive review of 2004’s highs, lows and results by league, team and player with a look to the upcoming 2005 Major League Baseball season. FEATURES: Day-by-day results for every major league team plus team records and player; draft and transactions details; Annual, season-in-review, League playoffs and World Series coverage and commentary; Team and League 2004 hitting, fielding and pitching leaders; Team-by-team information: Schedules, Broadcast and Ticket information, ballpark data and Spring Training Rosters; Historical information; All-time award-winners; Hall of Fame roster plus the Postseason and All-Star Game; Minor-league player statistics from all 17 leagues; A thru AAA. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Another solid publication from TSN
While not what I'd consider an essential purchase, this is a pretty useful to have around if you want to look back at 2004.They've culled items that are better covered in other publications, which does make this a more economical purchase than buying several other books.

The team information and coverage of the minors isn't nearly as good as the Baseball America almanac, but suffices nevertheless.The records included are fleshed out more in the TSN Record Book, and both the Bill James annual and Baseball Prospectus provide greater coverage of 2004 individual stats.Again, though, the coverage here is decent.

If you only purchase one guide for the season, I'd recommend the Major League Baseball Fact Book, which should be shipping soon.It provides an excellent review of the previous season, along with giving more detailed historical coverage of each team.TSN publishes that one, too, which I think is interesting given the great overlap among the two.Still, the TSN guide is a pretty good book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Overall Enjoyment
Overall the book was well done. I fully enjoyed the park data on each team. The breakdown on wins by pitcher.The minor league breakdown was appealing to offensive and defensive positions.

The breakdown by pitcher and batter categories was well done. ... Read more


149. Wrigley Blues: The Year the Cubs Played Hardball With the Curse (but Lost, Anyway)
by Will Wagner
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Asin: 1589792122
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
Sales Rank: 52883
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Will Wagner captures in a day-by-day account of the ups and down, ins and outs, of a team that aspired to win it all under the leadership of manager Dusty Baker. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Comedy of Errors
I love baseball, but I've never been a huge follower of the Cubs. Still, a friend recommended this book to me, and I found it to be a real page-turner. I knew how it was going to end -- every Cubs season ends the same way -- but it was a fun read. Mr. Wagner did a great job of capturing the comedy and absurdity of the Cubs and their fans. I particularly liked his historical tidbits, such as his description of Wrigley Field. This is everything a sports book should be -- it's light, humorous and entertaining. The Cubs may never win, but at least Mr. Wagner produced a winning book about them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't expect a Happy ending.
As a loyal life-long cubs fan who loves reading about his favorite team I have to say I was mildly disappointed in this book. The author did a good job in recreating the games but I felt that he lacked real access to the team. The quotes used in the book were all out of the newspaper or the internet. I wanted more substance. More behind the scenes stuff. There was plenty of drama off the field last year and it just seemed like the author glossed over it all. There were a few well written profiles included in the book. My favorite was about an elderly female fan who really loved the cubbies and went to as many games as she could despite her various maladies. I think Mr. Wagner made a bold choice in writing the book as the season unfolded as opposed to writing the book when the season was over. I just wish there had a been a happier ending. ... Read more


150. The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia
by David Porter, Joe Naiman
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The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive history of one of Major League Baseball's most fascinating franchises. From its roots as a National League expansion team in 1969 through the 2000 season, this new book covers the team's entire season-by-season history on the field, including its World Series appearances in 1984 and 1998. The team's greatest stars, Tony Gwynn, Dave Winfield, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Jones, Nate Colbert, Steve Garvey, Ken Caminiti, and nearly a hundred others, are fully chronicled, as are Padre celebrities such as Ray Krock, Dick Williams and Jerry Coleman. Much of the authors' biographical information was collected through personal interviews. The San Diego Padres Encyclopedia delineates the team's greatest milestones in its "This Date in Padre History" section, lists the franchise's all-time transactions, and chooses the Padres' all-time "dream team". The appendix of the book includes an all-time Padres roster and the most comprehensive statistical history of the Padres ever published. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but full of errors
This is an amazingly comprehensive book. Looking past the near 200 page history of the Padres that this book includes, there is just simply a lot of information in this book. Overviews of exectuives, managers, and important players...50 pages of stats...list of trades the Padres have made over the years...and more. The only thing missing, in my opinion, is a section dedicated to Tony Gwynn.

The biggest problem with this book, however, is the errors. There are spelling errors (including in the table of contents) and a lack of fluidity in format. But more importantly are the numerous factual errors: wrong birthdates, incorrect statistics, wrong information. My favorite example is on page 433, Best Road Record: 46-35, Fewest Road Losses: 37. And that is just an obvious one.

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151. The Boys of Summer
by Roger Kahn
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This is a book about some young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s in such places as Reading, Pennsylvania; Anderson, Indiana; Plainfield, New Jersey; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and then went on to play for one of the most exciting professional teams that the major leagues ever fielded--the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s--the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson and set many other records besides.

It is also a book by and about a once-young sportswriter for the Herald Tribune who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, was nurtured on Joyce and Shakespeare and occasionally escaped to see his bumbling heroes play, and then had the miraculous good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodger team for the Tribune.

Finally, this is a book about what's happened since to Jackie Robinson, Carl Erskine, Preacher Roe, Pee Wee Reese, Billy Cox, Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo and the others, no longer boys but men in their middle years with their glories behind them. For some, they have been happy years; to others, fate has not been kind. In short, it is a book about America and how it has progressed from the 1930s to the 1970s, about fathers and sons, prejudice and courage, triumph and disaster. Told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love, The Boys of Summer is delightful and exhilarating.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Golden Summer Long Ago
It seems strange, looking back over the decades, to think that America seemed so close to perfect. The war was won, everyone had a job, family values ruled, and the Dodgers were in Brooklyn.

What more could you want? Off-hand I can think of any number of things, beginning with an end to racial segregation, but at least in that respect the Dodgers showed the way.

It must have been some lucky fate that guided Roger Kahn over the Brooklyn bridge all those years ago. He could have written a series of articles and forgotten all about the time he spent with the Dodgers. But he didn't. He revelled in the team, got to know the players, manager, staff and owner. The way the dynamics worked, the internal politics, the inside information.

And then he recalled those golden days for us, along with the players, years and years later, in what has got to be the best baseball book ever written. We look back through his eyes, and the eyes of those boys of summer, at a magic moment in America's history.

Were they just doing their jobs, those golden boys? Just throwing and hitting a ball around? Or were they conscious of their role in history? Do we read things into this book that weren't there? Do we see that season through misty watercolour memories of the way we were?

Up to the reader, I guess, but for me, I go back time and again to Brooklyn and that great team, so superbly described by Roger Kahn.

If you love baseball (and who doesn't?) then you must read this book. To understand what once was, and will ever be so long as summer comes and young men gather to throw a baseball around a diamond.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever on baseball?
Roger Kahn's "The Boys of Summer" may very well be the best book written about baseball. It certainly lies in the Top Ten of any self-respecting baseball fan's own personal list. It is beautifully written, often poetic. It is elegiac yet alive and vibrant.

The book is neatly split into two parts. The first is a reporter's account of his own love of baseball, specifically the Brooklyn Dodgers, while growing up there. The era comes alive with descriptions of his neighborhood, of the city, of what baseball meant to kids at that time.
Of how baseball bonded fathers to sons, children to adults, neighbors.
In that scenario, imagine the fortune of this young reporter who gets the dream job to end all dream jobs: follow the Dodgers.
You get to watch baseball, played by your favorite team and then write about it. And get paid!
It's a lovely evocation of the time...things aren't like the way they used to be. The earth doesn't stop rotating when the Dodgers come back in the bottom of the ninth.
It used to.
You get a sense of how important and vital the Dodgers were to that community. Daily conversations were incomplete without a mention of last night's game. Stickball was everything. A glove was gold.
The parts about being a member of the press in Manhattan for a big newspaper are terrific. I swear I could hear the chattering typewriters, the traffic outside the window, the tinkling of ice in a bar glass...you are there. As the golden era of baseball was ending, so was an era of newspapers. Soon TV would supersede the papers as the way to get your news. The influence of the newspapers on public opinion (and vice versa) would never again reach the heights they did here.
As history, there is no better concise snapshot of that hallowed Jackie Robinson era than this book.

The second half of the book has Mr. Kahn travelling around the country decades after the Brooklyn team has ceased to exist. He finds the players...Gil Hodges, Jackie, Pee Wee, Duke, Clem, Erskine, Billy Cox...and gives us a separate little chapter on each player. We find out what has happened after baseball for them, Campanella's injury, Robinson's and Erskine's family problems, if they stayed with baseball (Hodges) or got completely away from it (Cox)...
...it finishes the story of that Brooklyn Dodger team. It also gives Mr. Kahn a chance to return to that era and write about it from the perspective that age and time will frequently offer.

If you love baseball, and you love to read, there is no better book. Sure, an argument could be made for a Halberstam book, or someone's well written autobiography, but they would be coin flips.
"The Boys of Summer" may arguably be equalled, but I doubt if it will ever be bettered.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book!
If you love to read books on baseball and you don't own this one you are missing out. I own many baseball books and this one is in the top 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic that should be required reading for any sports fan
This is one of the books that I had considered reading since I was a young man in love with baseball for the first time. In a sense, I'm glad I waited all these years to finally read it. I think that I would not have enjoyed it at 14 the way I did at 28. The book is beautiful elegy and mediation on a time long gone and the men who made up it's glory. They bear littler resemblance to the stars of today. I grew up with stories of the '52 World Series and the Dodgers. This book gave me the gift of being able to exprience a bit of what my grandfather and father shared on that October day in 1952 as Joe Black took the mound against the Yankees. I've always held the Dodgers in awe (the BRooklyn version at least) and this book allows me to see the men who made up those times as real people. Pee Wee Reese emerges as Kahn's hero in the baseball parts. I would argue that his father, Gordon, was almost as heroic to him. It is beautiful book about boys, their fathers, and the ties that bind us to what is still, even in this day and age, the single greatest game ever invented. This is a classic that should be read by every fan. Thank you, Mr. Kahn.

4-0 out of 5 stars Boys of Summer, Yes -Kahn,no
Although I enjoyed the book, I'm sorry now that I spent the money on Mr. Kahn. Given Mr. Kahn's anti-American spew to the people in Cooperstown (a holy place!) on 4/9/03, I will refrain from buying his books for the rest of my life. ... Read more


152. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball (Complete Idiot's Guide to...)
by Bill Gutman, Tom Finnegan
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Here's the guide for current and prospective coaches that covers every aspect of effectively coaching youth basketball: teaching good sportsmanship, running an effective practice, coaching to a player's age and skill level, teaching offensive and defensive skills and drills, rules of the game, executing winning plays and strategies, dealing with parents. ... Read more


153. Watching Baseball, updated & revised : Discovering the Game within the Game
by Jerry Remy, Corey Sandler
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The Boston Globe's Number One bestseller is back, revised and updated for the 2005 season. Jerry Remy's name and face are already known to millions of fans. Every night during the baseball season, 400,000 or more households tune in to listen to his broadcast of the Red Sox game. But fans learned to love him years ago, when he was traded to the Red Sox in 1978, earning a trip to the All-Star Game in his first year with the team; Remy hit .278, scored eighty-seven runs, and stole thirty bases.

Injured in 1984, Remy never played another game. In 1988, he began his work as an announcer, working color commentary for Red Sox broadcasts on NESN, which is a basic cable channel throughout New England and available by satellite across the country. He covers more than 150 games per season for NESN and broadcast television, plus regular assignments on the national Fox Game of the Week. But the best part of Jerry Remy is his easy style: listeners feel like they're having a beer with a friend while they're watching the game.

If spectators just follow the ball, they are missing much of the game. Baseball is a lot more complex than that. Everyone talks about second-guessing the manager; and there's a lot of fun in that for everyone except the manager. Those opinions can be heard all day on the sports talk shows and read in the newspaper columns. But if the people are really going to get into the game, they need to start first-guessing. That's what this book is all about.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great for the serious fan or player
I bought this book for my son.It's a little less anecdotal and more technical than I expected.If you really want to understand the strategy of the game, this book is for you.It is light-hearted and there are also some funny baseball stories and info on the Red Sox, but that's not the main part of the book, and if that's what you're looking for this probably isn't the book for you. Overall, I very much recommend this book for those who are true students of the game, and especially for kids about age 12 and up who want insights into how to become a better player MENTALLY, or those interested in coaching.Jerry doesn't explain how to hit a fastball, but he explains the STRATEGY of the game exceptionally well.

5-0 out of 5 stars From the Insiders View
Baseball is such a simple game. Someone throws the ball, someone else tries to hit it, if he does he runs around .... Well you know.

But what's really going on. In this quite large (367 page) book, Jerry Remy, a former second baseman explains the game as the players see it. There are hundreds of little tips: playing in the rain is to the advantage of the hitter, should the cutoff man jump if necessary to catch a ball, what about contract negotiations. And of course there's the discussions about people. As a player and then a baseball broadcaster, and a chat room moderator he knows all the principals in the business/game. If baseball is your thing....

5-0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as a day at the park
I know what my Father's Day gifts will be. This book is like getting personalized instructions from the man himself, Jerry Remy. It has so much inside information abut the art of baseball. Not just for Red Sox fans but fans of the game anywhere.

5-0 out of 5 stars I loved it!
Remy is the best.His analysis of the game and insights into why players do what they do are second to none--and he's always entertaining, too.I loved this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Baseball 202 -- Intermediate appreciation
I have enjoyed Jerry Remy's astute analysis during Red Sox games for many years and anticipated that Watching Baseball would offer the same depth that he provides as a color commentator. Unfortunately the book, while enjoyable, proved to be a bit of a let down.

Watching Baseball seems to be aimed at the fan who has a basic understanding of the game but may not appreciate all of its nuances. For these readers -- such as my wife -- Remy's book will be extremely helpful in deconstructing the proverbial game within the game.

For those like myself who have been watching and playing baseball for several decades, Remy's book comes up a little short. In particular I found that his analysis was somewhat shallow; he would begin to get into a topic and then move on to something else just as things were starting to get interesting.

While Remy provides anecdotal examples from his own playing days, I would have appreciated more emphasis on strategy. It would have been more interesting if, for example, he had picked one game from the past season and broken it down "pitch-by-pitch" from batting practice to the final out.

The book is also very Red Sox-centric -- with a particular emphasis on the 2003 season. This is understandable given Remy's connection to the team, but a lot of his insight might be lost on a casual fan from Kansas City or Oakland or New York. A second edition of the book would do well to try to appeal to a broader audience.

Watching Baseball also suffers from spotty editing (the organization is choppy and there are several typos -- as if the book was being rushed into print) and is filled with what I consider gratutious quotes in praise of Mr. Remy himself. I found the latter in particular to detract from the book: I didn't need to find a quote every tenth page telling me what a scrappy ballplayer Remy was, or what a great broadcaster he is.

My final analysis: Watching Baseball is good for the casual fan who wishes to improve his or her appreciation for the game; serious fans will find the book lacking, however. Still, 3 for 5 ain't a bad day at the ballpark. ... Read more


154. Ryan Newman: Engineering Speed
by Deb Williams, Don Miller
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Ryan Newman grew up in South Bend, Indiana, and, with encouragement from his parents, has been racing since the age of four and a half. He started with quarter midgets, which he describes as "go-carts with roll cages," moved up into Midgets, and later, Sprint cars. Despite his youth, Newman has a remarkable record so far in his racing career, including over 100 quarter-midget victories. The year 2000 marked the successful debut of Newman's career with Penske Racing. That year he had six starts: five in the 2000 ARCA Bondo Mar/Hyde Series and one in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. In the five ARCA starts Newman earned two wins and three poles. In 2001 Newman drove a blended "ABC" season -- ARCA Re/Max Series, Busch Grand National Series, and Winston Cup. In 26 starts he finished in the top-ten on 11 occasions. In addition, he had one ARCA win and pole, one Busch Series win and six poles, and the Winston Cup pole at the All-Star race in Charlotte. In 2002 Newman drove the newly-numbered #12 ALLTEL Penske Racing Ford Taurus full-time in the Winston Cup Series. He finished the season as the Raybestos Rookie of the Year, with 22 top-10 finishes, six poles, and one regular-season win. In addition, he won the Winston All-Star race. Newman has the brains to go along with his talent at driving race cars. He completed his degree program in vehicle structure engineering at Purdue University, where he was the recipient of the Rich Vogler Memorial Scholarship. ... Read more


155. Baseball's All-Time Best Hitters
by Michael J. Schell
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
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Baseball is a game of numbers, and if you look deeply enough into them, they begin to speak in truly mysterious ways. For Schell, a professor of biostatistics, the numbers sing in an enigmatic language that lets him rank and compare hitters from different eras with a self-concocted, time-tested mathematical certainty--albeit a certainty that is as subjective as the next in an arena filled with formulas and number crunching. Less a volume to read than one to muck around in and develop a dialogue--or argument--with, Baseball's All-Time Best Hitters is heavy on the stats, charts, and theories that explain why and how averages must be adjusted over different eras to accommodate different styles of play, rule changes, and ballparks. Using the various adjustments he's come up with, Schell works to make his baseball cabala understandable; then he sends out a lineup of rankings that are as surprising as they are, in fact, logical--if you buy the logic. So who is the best hitter of all time?Well, it's not Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Joe Jackson, or Ted Williams. He is alive at this writing, though, and the shock is that he's still playing in 1999, patrolling right field for the San Diego Padres and rapping line drives with astonishing consistency. --Jeff Silverman ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a stats book that looks like a baseball book
Most baseball fans like statistics, so it should not be a disappointment to them to find out that this is an elementary statistics book where the statistical methods are taught to explain how to adjust batting averages in order to compare players in terms of their batting averages. The average baseball fan would be interested in comparisons of Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn, Ted Williams and others who are acknowledged as the best hitters for average in the game. Schell considers factors that make direct comparisons unfair and he provides methods to adjust for these factors based on the vast amount of statistical data available to him that has been gathered throughout the history of major league baseball.

Key effects include the home ball park, stage of career and interventions such as the lowering of the pitcher's mound after 1968. To adjust for players whose abilities decline substantially in the latter years of their career Schell uses only the first 8000 at bats to gauge the players hitting ability. This helps players like Mickey Mantle whose performance declined appreciably at the end of his career due in part to injuries.

Schell provides a lot of interesting statistics and comparisons. Ty Cobb had the highest lifetime batting average but after all the adjustments finishes second to Tony Gwynn, a result that will surely create controversy.

Nevertheless Schell's approach makes sense and his results are not too surprising. As he notes his adjustments move many of the modern players whose numerical averages are lower than the players from the late 1800s and early 1900s, ahead on the list.

Schell relates how he showed up to meet and congratulate Gwynn on the date of his 8000th at bat when he clinched first place based on the Schell adjustment system.

Mike Schell is a sports enthusiast and a professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina. In 2002 he was one of the invited speakers at the Sport Statistics Section Session of the Joint Statistical Meetings.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pay attention when you read
If other reviewers of the book noticed, in the introduction to the book, Schell writes that batting average is not the best way to rate a baseball player-Schell clearly states that the book measures the best HITTERS, not the best BATTERS-in which case he would have used many other batting stats("Statistics that combine various hitting events...are searching for the best batters. The search in this book is for the best hitters, that is, the players with the best chance to get a hit in a given at bat."). Unless you know about statistics the book is confusing, but you don't have to read all the technical notes. His conclusions, and his methods are very interesting and definitly worth reading, (although you may not agree with the methods he uses). Again, you may not fall in love with the book, but it's worth reading.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Valiant Effort to Level the Playing Field
Schell's methods are an excellent approach to putting individual performances in context. Those criticizing the book because it is statistically oriented are not Schell's audience: if I didn't like baseball poetry, I wouldn't buy a poetry book. If you don't like baseball statistics, don't buy a statistics book.

Those criticizing Schell's use of batting average haven't read the book carefully: Schell freely admits that batting average isn't the best statistic to measure players. But batting average is easily understood and known to most fans. How many typical fans can name the career leaders in on-base percentage or slugging average or explain how they are calculated?

Anyway, Schell's methods have lit a path that others may follow with other statistics like on-base percentage and slugging average. Indeed, toward the end of the book Schell applies his methods to on-base percentage and briefly discusses the results. Just because he chose a more popular statistic to introduce his methods doesn't undermine the usefulness of those methods. I found the book a little hard to read without a strong background in statistics, but I understand what Schell is trying to do, and it makes sense to me.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Waste Of Paper
In this day and age, how can anyone take this book seriously? To rate hitters by batting average is simply a waste of effort because on-base percentage and slugging percentage correlate far better with scoring runs and winning games than batting average.

2-0 out of 5 stars For Nerds Only!
BOOKLIST claims that "buried within every true baseball fan is a Nerd with a calculator and a scorecard" - a statement mildly amusing if not deeply offensive to 80-90% of the nation's dedicated baseball fans. There is far, far more to this beautiful game than mere number-crunching. Try poetry, drama, romance, myth, legend, simple competitive excitement. This book seems to miss the other 80-plus percent of the game and those other 80-plus percent of the readers and fans. And even for those who would rather sit in front of their computers than in the outfield bleachers, the author's measure of hitting greatness is at best the most narrow possible measure - the standard but highly unrevealing category of batting averages. There is much ado about nothing here. ... Read more


156. Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers : Adjusted Batting Performance from Strikeouts to Home Runs
by Michael J. Schell
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-07)
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Over baseball history, which park has been the best for run scoring?1 Which player would lose the most home runs after adjustments for ballpark effect?2 Which player claims four of the top five places for best individual seasons ever played, based on all-around offensive performance.3 (See answers, below).

These are only three of the intriguing questions Michael Schell addresses in Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers, a lively examination of the game of baseball using the most sophisticated statistical tools available. The book provides an in-depth evaluation of every major offensive event in baseball history, and identifies the players with the 100 best seasons and most productive careers. For the first time ever, ballpark effects across baseball history are presented for doubles, triples, right- and left-handed home-run hitting, and strikeouts. The book culminates with a ranking of the game's best all-around batters.

Using a brisk conversational style, Schell brings to the plate the two most important credentials essential to producing a book of this kind: an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and a professional background in statistics. Building on the traditions of renowned baseball historians Pete Palmer and Bill James, he has analyzed the most important factors impacting the sport, including the relative difficulty of hitting in different ballparks, the length of hitters' careers, the talent pool from which players are drawn, player aging, and changes in the game that have raised or lowered major-league batting averages.

Schell's book finally levels the playing field, giving new credit to hitters who played in adverse conditions, and downgrading others who faced fewer obstacles. It also provides rankings based on players' positions. For example, Derek Jeter ranks 295th out of 1,140 on the best batters list, but jumps to 103rd in the position-adjusted list, reflecting his offensive prowess among shortstops.

Replete with dozens of never-before reported stories and statistics, Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers will forever shape the way baseball fans view the greatest heroes of America's national pastime.

Answers: 1. Coors Field 2. Mel Ott 3. Barry Bonds, 2001-2004 seasons

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5-0 out of 5 stars One nice piece of work and a great presentation
Schell states the problem, tells you how he's going to analyze the problem and then presents a great read. If you want the details, there included at the end of the book. Just a great approach with solid logic. Two additional points:
1. If you are playing Fantasy Baseball (especially "Old-Timer") then you need this book and the Bill James Historical Abstract. Any other book is a very distant 3rd.
2. For baseball statistics/methods, this book is the best book out there and is addictive. That's why I bought it and I've been spending hours reading this book.
It's an excellent reference and I can't find any fault with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Don't Confuse it with Schell's Other One
I am almost certain that the first two reviewers of this excellent book are confusing Schell's content in this book with the one he previously released.Mr. Schell has another book entitled "Baseball's All-Time Greatest HITTERS" in which he concludes that Tony Gwynn was the greatest HITTER of all-time.I can easily understand the mis-interpretation of "All-Time Best Sluggers," as Mr. Schell includes several tables, charts, graphs and discussions that would lead an uninformed reader to assume this book was about HITTING instead of SLUGGING.Schell examines all sorts of topics in "Sluggers," ranging from discussions of pure power to ones of walk and strikeout frequency and success.

If you do decide to pick up a copy of "Sluggers," do yourself a favor and also pick up a copy of "Hitters" and read it first.Doing this will give you a MUCH better understanding of the direction that Mr. Schell is taking with his newest book.He is looking at the numbers from all sides in "Sluggers," but his ultimate goal is to derive information about slugging, not pure hitting.

1-0 out of 5 stars Incomprehensible Gibberish
This book was written by a statistician for other statisicians only. The conclusions reached by the author are better known by any informed baseball fan. His unique calculations show (to him) that Fred McGriff is a better hitter than Al Kaline, Harry Stovey better than Tony Gwynn and Joe Jackson, and Dolph Camilli better than Roberto Clemente. This book is a classic illustration of Mark Twain's saying:"There are 3 types of lies: lies, D___ Lies, and statistics."

5-0 out of 5 stars The best analysis of baseball statistics ever!
One of the rules that I have lived by in my life is that time spent arguing baseball is by definition not wasted. Discussions over who was the best player ever are always subject to a myriad of scientific prejudices. It depends on your personal formulas in rating the relative values of the different kinds of hits, how you rate a walk and the value you associate with a stolen base. This book provides an enormous amount of analysis that assigns weights to those events and also incorporates other differences, such as the era of the player and the parks that he played in.
As all fans know, the home park makes an enormous difference in the batting statistics of a player. A right-handed power hitter has an advantage in Fenway Park, as does a left-handed batter in Yankee stadium. The Houston Astrodome is a major liability for all power hitters and Coors field is a friend to all.Schell incorporates these differences in his analysis and then uses a weighted formula that includes all possible offensive contributions to create a ranking of the top 100 batters of all time. The top five are in order: Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Rogers Hornsby, Barry Bonds and Lou Gehrig. He also computes clutch performance and adjusts for the effect of position on the field, including the designated hitter. While there are no surprises in the top ten, there was one omission that surprised me. All-time hits leader Pete Rose is not in the list and I didn't even find his name in the index of the book.
This is one of the best baseball books of all time, although you do need to know something about statistics to understand the presentations. There are many charts, tables and graphs that reinforce the points being made. From now on, this book is my reference bible when the discussion turns to determining who was the better player.
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157. Coaching the Little League® Hitter
by JohnMonteleone, John Monteleone
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-13)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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INTRODUCING THE LATEST ADDITIONS TO THE BEST-SELLING LITTLE LEAGUE GUIDES

Packed with valuable information on how to help their players improve at the plate, this guide takes coaches and parents step by step through:

  • Correct techniques of hitting
  • Developmental practice drills
  • Skills kids need to bat .300
  • And how to have fun along the way
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158. St. Louis' Big League Ballparks (Images of Baseball)
by Joan M. Thomas
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Asin: 0738532657
Catlog: Book (2004-06-02)
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Sales Rank: 358901
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Baseball came to St. Louis before the dawn of the major leagues. It was a gentleman’s game, a simple summer pastime, and its popularity grew as the city evolved. Local amateur teams proliferated, and interest in forming a team of professionals resulted in two such St. Louis teams in 1875, the Brown Stockings and the Red Stockings. The Browns and Reds played their home games at separate parks, the Grand Avenue Grounds and Red Stockings Park. The first fully professional game of baseball held in St. Louis took place at the latter. Very few modern fans are aware of this, or of these parks’ locations. Moreover, there was a time early in the twentieth century when St. Louis supported not just two, but three major league teams, each with its own ballpark. This book is intended as a keepsake of the stadiums and playing fields of St. Louis’ baseball past. ... Read more


159. Softball Skills & Drills
by Judi Garman
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Asin: 0736033645
Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 61798
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Looking for the ultimate softball “how-to” book to help you learn and master the essential skills? Softball Skills & Drills covers all the essential fundamentals to build strong individual players and winning teams. Written by one of the winningest coaches in NCAA history, Softball Skills & Drills shows you how to perform and improve hitting, bunting, slap hitting, baserunning, fielding, throwing, pitching, and catching skills.

Author Judi Garman has more than 30 years of experience, more than 1,100 victories, and a spot in the National Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She has proven that she has what it takes to win consistently. Now, Garman shares her formula for developing the fundamentals and winning through the 170 detailed drills in Softball Skills & Drills.

Softball Skills & Drills gives you more than just Xs and Os. This practical handbook is loaded with tips to speed players’ skill development. And check the back of the book for information on ordering the companion video series to see the techniques and drills in action. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Coaches or Players of any age.
I found the book to be very helpful with a great assortment of drills to choose from.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Fundamentals and Drill Book I've Seen
I agree with the previous post - this is a must-have book for softball coaches. Just the section on proper throwing technique was worth the cost of the book. Garman does an excellent job of putting into words all of the things I knew how to do by muscle memory but couldn't succinctly describe to my players. The accompanying drills make sense and reinforce the fundamentals I'm teaching. I'd recommend this book for coaches of all levels and experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a "must have" book for the softball coach
I used to attend Judi Garman's softball clinics at Cal State Fullerton in the 1980's. I never went away sorry about the time spent there. Judi is a veritable fountain of knowledge about the game. Softball Skills and Drills draws from Judi's life-time of coaching experience. You'll not only find skills and drills in this book. You'll find strategy, both for offense and defense. Check out the chapters on slap-hitting and bunting. If my house was on fire, and there were only two books on fastpitch softball I could rescue, it would be Softball Skills and Drills by Garman and Fastpitch Softball: the Windmill Pitcher by Barry Sammons. If you're into fastpitch, you gotta have this book. ... Read more


160. The Perfect Season: How to Practice and Play Youth Baseball
by Brett R. Bartlett
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Asin: 0972957006
Catlog: Book (2003-06-30)
Publisher: Whirlwind Press
Sales Rank: 83859
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Designed to fit in any coach's back pocket, The Perfect Season guides little league/youth baseball coaches, parent, and players through a complete baseball season, from that first parents' meeting to a season-ending celebration, with its main focus on six preseason practices that are presented drill-by-drill and cover all aspects of the game. These fast-paced workouts emphasize skills development, good sportsmanship, and teamwork while allowing coaches to easily evaluate player's abilities and focus on areas for improvement. Sections on baseball strategy, scoring, parenting tips, and much more round out this comprehensive yet simple, start-to-finish approach to the season for anyone involved in youth baseball. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simple and Effective
There are numerous books out there for coaches that have the same goal as The Perfect Season: to arm the coach with tons of drills at his disposal to get the most out of his players. Unlike other books, these drills aren't needlessly complicated, don't require all kinds of pricey equipment that isn't standard in your bag (you probably want to purchase a tee and some simple cones, but that's all I needed), and won't confuse your children as they try to execute them.

Also, Bartlett provides solid estimates for the time to complete every drill, allowing you to mix and match to meet the needs of your team and your timeframe. I've found myself falling in love with many of the drills, and the players do enjoy them. This book doesn't eliminate time spent standing around, but it reduces it exponentially.

The drills are good for all ages, as even high school players would benefit from some. However, it's perfect for coaches in 9- and 10-year old leagues, where kids are first able to bunt and steal and coaches struggle to teach and strategize these new tools. If you coach in a league for 9- and/or 10-year olds, I would recommend you order this immediately. Everyone will benefit from it, but that demographic needs it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy copies of this book for your coaching friends!
I own more than a dozen books on how to coach youth baseball, so when a fellow coach dropped "The Perfect Season" on my lap, I wasn't exactly excited about reading it. I figured that I already knew it all. I was wrong. I was so impressed with this book that I am writing this review as I place an order for four more copies, which I plan to pass out to my baseball-coaching friends. Any baseball coach who deals with pre-teens -- from T-ball teams to U-12 travel teams -- would be neglecting his duty to his players and their parents if "The Perfect Season" weren't in his library. This book covers the needed basics for both new coaches and veteran youth coaches, from dealing with parents who fly into rages to dealing with the infield fly rule. I especially liked the detailed descriptions of fun drills that I had never even heard of. The book's main emphasis is to teach youth how to play baseball by improving their individual techniques and their game strategies. The author recognizes that creating better baseball players is a more important coaching goal than finishing a T-ball season undefeated. More power to him!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Handbook
Coaching youth sports sounds so simple - just roll the ball out and watch them play. But for anyone who's actually given it a try, it becomes all-too-obvious in a hurry there's much, much more - especially if you want the kids to actually learn something.

Now there's help - Brett Bartlett has written a practical guide that will transform any Mom or Dad into a veritable Joe Torre. From running practice to managing the game, his insights are incisive, his advice spot-on.

This book should be on the shelf of every youth baseball coach in the country - and probably also of every parent of a youth player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book for New Coaches I've Seen
This book is everything I needed when they asked me to coach my son's team a few years ago. I wish I could have stuffed it in my back pocket then. Luckily, I've got one more son coming up and I plan to use each and every one of the practices and drills in here this spring to make our youth league practices fun and productive again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Manual for Baseball Coaches: Build your All-Star Team!
"If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, the general is to blame. But if his orders ARE clear, and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers." from Sun Tzu, _The Art of War_

Circa 500 b.c. The Chinese general, Sun Tzu wrote a very famous book called _The Art of War_ that describes the intricate details of effectively and successfully waging war. It is said that Sun Tzu was able to defeat an army of 200,000 men with his small army of only 30,000.

_The Perfect Season: How to Practice and Play Youth Baseball_
By Brett R. Bartlett is to baseball what Sun Tzu's book is to warfare, and much, much more. It is a manual intended to train the trainers.

This book provides training and theory to the Coach (es), a how to manual for everyday of the season. Both the newby coach and the gristled old veteran coach will benefit from a read through this masterpiece. I honestly considered sending a copy of this book to Dusty Baker, the manager of the Chicago Cubs. Perhaps then they could win the World Series!

Starting with the first team meeting, and running up to the end of the season (and beyond). This concise & enjoyable book will change the way you and your players approach the game of baseball. It's loaded with drills, techniques, theory, diagrams, suggestions and so much more.

From the moment you begin reading the introduction, you will realize the tremendous value of such a systematic, well-planned manual. This book will be near and dear to your heart (and sanity) on and off the field.

Turn player weaknesses into skills, and skills into mastery. Following the formulae in this book will revolutionize not only the way your team plays the game, but also, how they feel while doing it. Because in baseball, if you're not enjoying it, you may be doing it wrong, and this book will set you on the path to true American Baseball Fun!

As meaty and rich as apple pie, this is The Ultimate Baseball Bible!

Check it out:

Table of Contents

Intro: What You'll Learn inside

Chapter 1: The Team Meeting (Why have a team meeting? Considerations. Sample Agenda. Player Survey)

Chapter 2: Equipment (a list of what you'll need & how to get more)

Chapter 3: Practice One-Throwing (Drills: five and dime, hot shot, relay/cut throws, knee to first, pick and throw, diamond drill, around the horn, target practice, bucket throw, running the bases

Chapter 4: Practice Two-Fielding (Drills: egg rolls, goalie drill, short-hop drill, cone drill, receiver catch, double jeopardy, short to first, mine mine mine!, coming off the field, running the bases)

Chapter 5: Practice Three-Bunting/Hitting (Drills: okay, you get the point, every chapter has numerous highly effective conditioning drills)

Chapter 6: Practice 4-Pitching, Fielding Refreshers, Baserunning, and Hitting
Chapter 7: Practice 5-Rules Refresher, Special Plays, Strategy
Chapter 8: Practice 6-The Six-on-Six Scrimmage or Practice Game
Chapter 9: The First Game
Chapter 10: Practice 7- Adjustments
Chapter 11: "Play Ball"
Chapter 12: Season's End: All-Stars, Tournament Play, Party, Pics, and Awards

Appendices: scoring, keeping statistics, backstop plans, tee plans, field diagrams, baseball parenting, line-up sheet, resources & bib.

Buy it now, and maximize the potential of everyone involved with your team! ... Read more


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